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Advanced Placement Chinese Language and Culture (commonly known as AP Chinese Language and Culture or AP Chinese) is a course offered by the College Board as a part of the Advanced Placement Program. Designed to be comparable to a fourth semester or equivalent college/university courses in Mandarin Chinese, these college courses deepen the students’ immersion into the language and culture of the Chinese-speaking world. Coursework within this course reflects the proficiencies exhibited throughout the Intermediate range as described in the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines.
The AP course prepares students to demonstrate their level of Chinese proficiency across the three communicative modes (interpersonal, interpretive, and presentational) and the five goal areas (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities) as outlined in the Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century. Its aim is to provide students with ongoing and varied opportunities to further develop their proficiencies across the full range of language skills within a cultural frame of reference reflective of the richness of Chinese language and culture. Since the course interweaves language and culture learning, this exploration occurs mostly in Chinese. Many people who take these tests are native speakers, which partly explains why an overwhelming majority of those who take the exam earn the maximum score. It is also a good way for international students to earn AP credits, not taking the course again in college, and focus more on English language.
The first AP Chinese test was administered on May 9, 2007, and the test encountered a variety of technical difficulties.
In the 2007 administration, 3,261 students took the exam from 433 schools. The mean score was a 4.69.
The grade distribution for 2007 was: